JANETTE DAVIS SONGOGRAPHY

Is “Songography” a word? If it isn’t, it is now. This is a close-to-complete listing of the songs Janette Davis sang on the daily CBS Arthur Godfrey Time morning shows, in date order, from her first five years on the show. The list includes repeat performances, as well as those with occasional duet partners (most frequently Godfrey and the Mariners quartet). As you’ll see, she sang a m√©lange of current pop songs, older standards, obscurities, novelty ditties, holiday songs, soft ballads and slam-bang rhythmic arrangements (and everything in between).

All songs are accompanied by Godfrey’s house band, lead by Archie Bleyer. Such was the musicianship and trust between Janette and Archie’s band that they could often whale into an unplanned and/or unrehearsed arrangement with complete confidence, sounding as good as any previously rehearsed number.

Here’s the list:

7/8/46 I Got the Sun in the Morning / Love Is the Same Old Thing
7/9/46 What Can I Say Dear After I Say I’m Sorry?
9/2/46 Come Rain or Come Shine
9/6/46 The Man I Love / On the Sunny Side of the Street
9/18/46 Mad About Him Blues
10/2/46 You Can Depend on Me
10/10/46 Deed I Do
10/16/46 My Love for You
10/17/46 Come to Baby Do
10/18/46 Guilty
10/23/46 At Sundown
10/24/46 Them Them Them Them / As You Desire Me
10/31/46 Ain't Misbehavin' / Pretending
11/5/46 Exactly Like You
11/6/46 You Keep Coming Back Like a Song / The Man I Love w. The Mariners
11/7/46 Ol' Buttermilk Sky / My Heart Stood Still w. The Mariners
11/8/46 And Then It's Heaven / Little White Lies
11/13/46 The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
12/9/46 Five Minutes More / Penthouse Serenade
12/18/46 You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
1/3/47 The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
1/21/47 This Time It's Love
3/26/47 Heartaches w. Arthur Godfrey / It's Me, Godfrey w. Godfrey & the Mariners
5/19/47 I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody
7/1/47 Little White Lies
7/2/47 Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba w. the Mariners / Put the Blame on Mame
7/3/47 Mean to Me
7/4/47 A Little Bit Independent
7/7/47 Heartaches
7/8/47 You Can't See the Sun When You're Crying
7/9/47 The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
7/10/47 The Porter's Love Song w. Godfrey / Body and Soul
7/11/47 A Sunday Kind of Love / Across The Alley from the Alamo
7/14/47 I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody
7/15/47 Love Is Just Around the Corner / It's Almost Like Being in Love
7/16/47 I May Be Wrong
7/17/47 I Believe, I Believe / That's My Desire
7/18/47 Tallahassee [2x] / The Porter's Love Song w. Godfrey
7/21/47 Nice Work If You Can Get It / Ask Anyone Who Knows
7/22/47 I Wonder, I Wonder / I Don't Know Why
9/2/47 The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea / Don't Tell Me
9/3/47 Tallahassee
9/4/47 I Never Knew What Love Could Do / I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody / Ain'tcha Ever Coming Back?
9/5/47 Feudin', Fussin', & Fightin' / For Once in Your Life
9/8/47 It Had to Be You
9/9/47 Mad About Him Blues
9/10/47 The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else / You Do
9/11/47 Blue Skies
9/12/47 Can You Look Me in the Eyes? [2x]
9/15/47 I May Be Wrong / Almost Like Being in Love
9/16/47 Old Devil Moon
9/17/47 I Only Have Eyes for You
9/18/47 On the Sunny Side of the Street / I Wish I Didn't Love You So
9/19/47 A Little Bit Longer
9/22/47 Nice Work If You Can Get It / Don't Tell Me
9/23/47 Feudin', Fussin, & Fightin'
9/24/47 Body and Soul / Stanley Steamer w. The Mariners
9/25/47 Exactly Like You / I'm Yours
9/25/47 Love Is Just Around the Corner
9/29/47 There Ought To Be a Society w. Sy Shaffer / Ain'tcha Ever Coming Back?
9/30/47 Easy to Remember / Stanley Steamer w. The Mariners / Paper Moon
10/1/47 I Get Along Without You Very Well / It Had to Be You
10/2/47 Ask Anyone Who Knows / The Porter's Love Song w.Godfrey / Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself a Letter
10/3/47 Nobody's Baby / It's Almost Like Being in Love
10/6/47 Can You Look Me in the Eyes?
10/7/47 You Do /
10/8/47 Come Rain or Come Shine / There Ought to Be a Society w. Sy Shaffer
10/9/47 Ain't Misbehavin'
10/10/47 Somebody Loves Me
10/13/47 A Little Bit Longer
10/14/47 Kokomo, Indiana / Stanley Steamer w.The Mariners
10/15/47 You Came to Me from Out of Nowhere
10/15/47 Don't You Love Me Anymore?
10/16/47 I Wish I Didn't Love You So
10/17/47 Ain'tcha Ever Coming Back?
10/20/47 How Come You Do Me Like You Do? / I'm In the Mood for Love
10/21/47 Deed I Do / You Do
10/22/47 I May Be Wrong
10/23/47 Gypsy in My Soul / It's Almost Like Being in Love
10/27/47 Sing Me a Song of the Islands
10/28/47 There Ought to Be a Society w. Sy Shaffer
10/29/47 They're Mine, They're Mine, They're Mine
10/30/47 So Far
10/31/47 We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye
11/3/47 I Never Knew I Could Love Anybody
11/4/47 This Can't Be Love
11/5/47 Kokomo, Indiana / Small Hotel
11/6/47 Stanley Steamer w. The Mariners / Love Is Just Around the Corner
11/7/47 Sunday
11/10/47 On the Sunny Side of the Street / Don't You Love Me Anymore?
11/11/47 Smiles w. The Mariners
11/13/47 Side By Side / Chesterfield cigarettes parody
11/14/47 More Than You Know / Feudin', Fussin' & Fightin'
11/17/47 Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
11/18/47 There Ought to Be a Society w. Sy Shaffer
11/19/47 They're Mine, They're Mine, They're Mine
11/20/47 Civilization
11/21/47 Gypsy in My Soul / A Ghost of a Chance
11/24/47 So Far / Kokomo, Indiana.
11/25/47 Paper Moon / True
11/26/47 Nobody's Baby
11/27/47 Smiles / Easy to Love
11/28/47 I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter / In My Solitude
12/1/47 Put The Blame on Mame / It's Almost Like Being In Love
12/2/47 Where or When / The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
12/3/47 You Do
12/4/47 That's All I Want to Know / Someone to Watch Over Me
12/5/47 Civilization / It's Easy to Remember
12/8/47 I Wish I Didn't Love You So
12/9/47 I May Be Wrong / White Christmas
12/10/47 Those Little White Lies / The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else
12/15/47 That's All I Want to Know / Silent Night
12/16/47 Side By Side / Chesterfield Parody
12/17/47 Don't Call It Love
12/19/47 There Ought to Be a Society w. Sy Shaffer / Don't You Love Me Anymore?
12/22/47 It Had to Be You / O Little Town Of Bethlehem
12/18/47 Mean to Me / True
12/24/47 The Christmas Song
12/29/47 I Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'
12/30/47 There Ought to Be a Society w. Sy Shaffer
12/31/47 They Can't Make a Lady Out of Me
10/8/48 I’m Sorry But I’m Glad / She Told Him Emphatically No
2/28/49 My Darling, My Darling w. Godfrey / Why Can't You Behave? w. Jim Lewis of The Mariners
1949 I Didn't Know the Gun Was Loaded w. the Mariners
5/14/50 I Wanna Go Home with You w. Bill Lawrence
7/31/50 Cross Your Heart / Bewitched
8/10/50 Opening Chesterfield Jingle / The Gentleman Obviously Doesn't Believe
Unknown date Wang Wang Blues

Janette also performed the following undated songs between 1953 and 1955, some from the morning Arthur Godfrey Time shows and some from the Wednesday night Arthur Godfrey and His Friends TV variety shows. A few featured Janette at the piano, or even whistling. This is a very incomplete alphabetical list.

A Shine on Your Shoes
Ain't We Got Fun?
Ballin' the Jack
Basin St. Blues
Be My Baby Bumblebee (piano/vocal)
Breezin' Along with the Breezeå
Bye Bye Blues
C.O.D.
Charlie My Boy
Cross Over the Bridge
Daddy
Darktown Strutters Ball
The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Dixieland Band
Down Yonder in New Orleans (piano solo)
Down Yonder in New Orleans (piano / vocal)
Exactly Like You w. Arthur Godfrey
Fool Fool Fool
Give Me the Simple Life
Hit & Run
Hoe Down
Hold Me
Holiday Island
Hot Dog, That Made Him Mad
How About You?
How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me
I Don't Know Enough About You
I Got My Washing to Do
I May Be Wrong
I Think I'll Fall in Love Today
I Wanna Be Happy
I Will Still Love You w. Julius LaRosa
I'd Like To Be in Your Shoes, Baby
I’ll Never Say Never Again Again
If I Give My Love to You
In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening
Isn’t This a Lovely Day to be Caught in the Rain?
It Had to Be You
It’s You, It’s You I Love
Just One of Those Things
Let Me Be Your Darlin’
Let Yourself Go
Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off w. Robert. Q. Lewis
Little Romero
Make Love to Me
My Baby Just Cares for Me
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Nobody’s Chasing Me
Once Around the Moon
Packin’ My Bag
Piano Roll Blues (piano / vocal)
Pink Shampoo
Put ‘Em in a Box
Rainbow Round My Shoulder
Ricochet Romance
Riding Around in the Rain
Roll, Roll, Rolling Along
Send My Baby Back to Me
Seven Lonely Days
Shanghai
Shine On, Harvest Moon
Side By Side
Sing You Sinners
Sittin’ Pretty
Them There Eyes
They All Laughed
Undecided
Wanted!
What a Little Moonlight Can Do
When You’re Smiling
Will You Still Be Mine?
Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
Yearning Just for You
You Can’t Do at 40 What You Did at 20
You Can’t Get A Man with a Gun
You Too, You Too
You Took Advantage of Me
You’re Doing All Right
You’re Such a Comfort to Me